Carrie Underwood Retains No. 1 Album Title With Play On

Lady Antebellum Steps to the Top via "Need You Now"

Carrie Underwood’s Play On is spending its second straight week at the peak of Billboard’s country albums chart. But there’s a new champ on the list of top country songs. It’s Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” which bumps Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” into second place.

Dolly Parton’s Live From London, arriving at No. 36, is the week’s highest-charting new album. Also making their first entrances are Big Kenny’s The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farm Boy (No. 37), Rodney Carrington’s Make It Christmas and Mickey & the Motorcars’ Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (No. 72).

The Zac Brown Band seems to have impressed a sizable number of music buyers with its appearance on the CMA Awards show. The group’s Live From Bonnaroo EP returns to the chart at No. 63, and the Cracker Barrel restaurant edition of its hit album, The Foundation, comes back on at No. 75.

Keith Urban claims the week’s highest charting new song with “’Til Summer Comes Around.” It bows at No. 41. The other first-timers are the Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride” (No. 54), Chris Young’s “The Man I Want to Be” (No. 58), Clay Walker’s “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” (No. 59) and the Brooks & Dunn-Mac Powell pairing, “Over the Next Hill” (No. 60).

Rolling in behind Underwood in the Top 5 albums are Taylor Swift’s Fearless, Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut, Tim McGraw’s Southern Voice and the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, in that order.

At No. 3 through No. 5 on the country songs chart: Luke Bryan’s “Do I,” Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Toes.”

Did you notice this column bristles with references to the Zac Brown Band? Spooky, isn’t it?

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to